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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 26th January

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26th January


ALPHONSUS of ASTORGA, a ninth century Bishop of Astorga in present-day Spain. In later life he retired and spent the rest of his life living as a simple monk who left his See to live as a simple monk at the monastery of St. Stephen de Ribas de Sil in Spanish Galicia. Nothing further seems to be known of his life.

ANSURIUS (ASSUR), one of the founders of the monastery of St. Stephen de Ribas de Sil. St. Ansurius was consecrated second Bishop of Orense, Galacia in 909. In 922 he retired to Ribas de Sil, where he spent the next three years, living a life of prayer. St. Ansurius reposed of natural causes in 925.

ATHANASIUS, (Date Unknown), a Bishop of Sorrento, in present-day Italy. No further information is extant.

CONAN, one of the early bishops of the Isle of Man, he was born in Ireland and became a monk at Iona. While the Bollandists place St. Conan amongst the early bishops of Man, and Colgan gives an account of his life and labours, the history of the Isle of Man of this era is quite obscure, and it is almost impossible to state any facts certainty. St. Conan is believed to have reposed circa 648.

PAULA, a Roman noblewoman whose patrician husband left her a widow at the age of 32. Mother to five children including St. Eustochium (28th September) and St. Blaesilla (22nd January). Her life was written by her spiritual father St. Jerome (30th September). Following the death of her husband, St. Paula devoted the rest of her life to serving God. During this time she spent over two decades in the Holy Land where she is credited with founding several churches, a hospice, and two separate monasteries, one for men, the other for women – where she served as the first Abbess. St. Paula reposed in 404, and is buried beneath the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

THEOFRID (THÉOFROY), St. Theofrid received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Luxeuil (L’abbaye Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Luxeuil), and was later made Abbot of the Royal Abbey of St. Peter of Corbie (abbaye royale Saint-Pierre de Corbie) in Picardy. St. Theofrid is also listed as a bishop in most martyrologies, though there is no See listed. St. Theofrid reposed circa 690.

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Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
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